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About Colorado Youth Ballet


Colorado Youth Ballet is the resident ballet company at Colorado Ballet Society.

It was founded in 2003 by Patricia Hoffman in response to the high level of achievement found in the Ballet Society studios.

Each year’s roster is comprised of 40-60 auditioned dancers from the age of 9-years-old, many of whom are planning for careers as professional dancers or will further their ambitions in college or university programs.

For its debut performance in 2004, the Youth Ballet performed with guest artist and former student of Ms. Hoffman’s, Stella Abrera, principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre, and Sascha Radetsky at the Pikes Peak Center.


Youth Ballet repertoire includes:

  • La Barre

  • Paquita

  • Pas de Quatre

  • Coppelia

  • Balanchine's Valse Fantaisie

  • Cinderella

  • Swan Lake

  • Sleeping Beauty

  • The Firebird

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream

  • Don Quixote

  • Benjamin Britten's A Charm of Lullabies

  • Benjamin Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

Each year the Youth Ballet performs The Nutcracker at the Pikes Peak Center or the Ent Center for the Arts.

In past seasons, the Youth Ballet has performed with virtually every musical organization in the Pikes Peak region including:

  • the Colorado Springs Philharmonic 

  • the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs

  • the Colorado Springs Chorale 

  • Opera Theatre of the Rockies

  • the Colorado Springs Conservatory 

  • the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony

  • the Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale

The ensemble is also featured in yearly showcases presented by the Colorado Springs Dance Theatre.


The Youth Ballet holds annual auditions with Master Instructors for levels 3b-8.

Company members have weekly rehearsals in addition to their required classes.

Company involvement and fees are a commitment for the entire school year and require regular attendance.

​To set up a private audition for Colorado Youth Ballet, call the Ballet Society Front Desk at: 719.272.7078

Colorado Youth Ballet assures that dancers with exceptional talent and potential receive the necessary experience to go on to professional careers.


Several members have been accepted into and awarded scholarships to summer programs of renowned ballet schools and dance programs of major universities.


Youth Ballet dancers have received top honors in state and national ballet competitions.

  • Dancers registered in levels 3b-8 may audition for the Youth Ballet

  • There are two audition opportunities (usually in June and August)

  • Dancers may be accepted into the Junior Company (Levels 3b, Int B, 4) or the Senior Company (Levels 5-8)

  • Dancers will be informed either way as to their acceptance into CYB

  • Casting commences with the results of the first audition

  • If you are planning on auditioning, but cannot make the first audition date, you should notify the Front Desk


  • A $595 annual fee is due in three payments: $200 due August 22, 2023; $200 due September 12, 2023; $195 due February 6, 2024.

    • If a company member withdraws from the company after rehearsals have started, a $75 recasting fee may be applied to your account

  • Company class for Levels 5-8 when assigned on Saturday OR a Saturday Class

  • Company meetings

  • Rehearsal calls are mandatory

    • Saturday afternoons are typically scheduled for rehearsals, along with Tuesday evenings

    • Occasional Sunday rehearsals may be required

    • Schedules are posted and emailed

  • Each level, 3-8, has a mandatory number of weekly classes to attend. Inquire at the Front Desk for detailed information

  • All company members are required to attend all Ballet Society sponsored master classes.

  • Training for four full weeks over the summer is required for all company members

    • Summer training does not have to be completed at CBS

    • The minimum level of summer training would consist of 6 hours per week for 4 weeks


  • Dancers who participate in both CYB & CDC receive $100 OFF their total fees.

  • Ongoing dance education and enjoyment

    • The company experience will enhance the training you are already receiving in class by stretching your growth tremendously through rehearsal preparation and performances as you continue to fulfill your potential as an artist.

  • No additional fee associated with performing in the Nutcracker​

  • CYB members receive vouchers for 2 complimentary tickets with the purchase of at least 2 tickets for the Nutcracker and the April performance. Vouchers are available at the Front Desk when tickets go on sale.

  • Company members are often given a special discounted rate to CBS held master classes to assist you in taking advantage of the opportunity to work with exceptional dance artists.

  • Company members may take additional classes at the level below, on a space-available basis, at no additional charge.

Performance opportunities for 2023-2024

CYB & CDC – Take Flight

  • October 28, 2023

A Colorado Nutcracker with the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs

  • December 19-20, 2023 at Pikes Peak Center 

The Sleeping Beauty

  • April 2024

Past Company Photos

CYB 2021
Level 6-8 (2)
Level 6-8
Level 5
Level 4
Level Int B
Level 3B
Company Photo 2020
Level 6-8
Level 5
Level 4A
Level 4B
Level 3B
Level Intermediate B
Level 3
Level 4
Level 5
Level 6-8
CYB 2018
Level 3a
Level 3b
Level 4
Level Int B
Level 5
Level 6-8
Level 6-8 2016 CYB
Level 5 2016 CYB
Level 4 2016 CYB
Level 3A
Level 3B
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